The book is a masterly treatise, reflecting the author's intimate knowledge of his subject. The manufacture and chemical, physical, and physiological properties of nitro compounds of interest in the technology of explosives are given detailed treatment.
The explosives materials collection covered by this "cookbook" is not complete, of course. It will never be. It may anyway serve as a convenient guide for all occasional or professional users of explosives showing essentially what is available. Each one of the recipes is only a suggestion. It has been tried in this laboratory and it works, but it does not mean that a variation of the recipe does not work. In fact, the most of the recipes still permit substantial improvements. It may remain to the individual explosives materials chemist to work out such improvements. The book is well worth its relatively modest price and is recommended to all with interest in this interesting and actually little known area.
This work touches on:
*Nitric Esters - General Outline *Glycerol Trinitrate (Nitroglycerine) *Production of Nitroglycerine *Other Glycerine Esters *Glycol Esters *Monohydroxylic Alcohol Esters *Polyhydroxylic Alcohol Esters *Polyhydroxylic Branched-Chain and Cyclic Alcohol Esters *Cellulose and Nitrocellulose *General Characteristics of Nitrocellulose *Chemical Properties of Nitrocellulose *Nitration of Cellulose *Nitrocellulose Manufacture *Stabilization of Nitrocellulose *Manufacturing Special Types of Nitrocellulose *Nitric Esters of Polysaccharides Other Then Cellulose. Nitro-Derivatives of Lignin and Abietic Acid *Sugar Nitrates ("Nitrosugars") *Esters of Oxy-Acids of Chlorine *Salts of Nitric Acid *Salts of Oxy-Acids of Chlorine